In a report released Tuesday, the Employee Benefit Research Institute said employment based health coverage has declined in recent years, but remained steady over a long period. The report says employment-based health coverage is the dominant type of coverage, providing for over 162 million people under age 65.


The percentage of the nonelderly population with employment based health coverage was steady at 62.2 percent from 2006 to 2007, but fell from 68.4 percent in 2000. The overall percentage increased slightly to 82.8 percent in 2007.


The report cautions that while the percentage of the population with health coverage is relatively unchanged, as unemployment increases fewer people will have benefits, and facing higher food and gas prices, some people will be forced to choose between health coverage and other needs.

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